JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Friday's Fourth in the Forest at Craighead Forest Park drew a big crowd.
"It's just a big day to celebrate the Fourth of July," said Scott Siler, with KFIN radio, a sponsor of the event. "We've had 5 to 6,000 people come over the last few years. We're expecting that many this year. It's just a great time to come out and celebrate the Fourth of July."
Friday's celebration was also a chance for elected officials to make an appearance.
U.S. Congressman Marion Berry, along with newly announced mayoral candidate Jason Willett were there.
"I got my son with me, James Foster, he's one of the reasons I'm running for mayor," said Willett. "I've got a little slogan, it's 'Jonesboro committed, Jonesboro raised and Jonesboro proud.' I just wanted to come out and talk to the folks."
Region 8 News asked Willett what changes he'd like to institute to better ensure a future of growth for Jonesboro.
"I think Jonesboro needs a change in the Mayor," he said. "I'm not part of any group in the city. I'm not supported by anyone financially. I am running for the everyday citizen of Jonesboro."
It wasn't only residents from jonesboro that came out to enjoy the grilling, the fellowship and the rock, paper, scissors contest.
People from Lepanto, Bono and Paragould, just to name a few, were there to honor freedom and the birthday of America.
Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe was scheduled to attend, but had to cancel due to weather concerns.